connectVideo report: child sexual abuse, an investigation is underway after the patient in vegetative state gives birth
Report: child sexual abuse, an investigation is underway after a patient in a vegetative state for almost a decade gives birth.
DNA samples from all male employees in an Arizona long-term care facility were collected Tuesday, authorities investigating how a woman who is in a vegetative state for more than a decade — became pregnant and carried the baby to term without the employees knowing.
A warrant was served Tuesday to obtain DNA samples from all male staff at Hacienda Healthcare, where the 29-year-old woman gave birth to a baby on Dec. 29, a facility spokesman. San Carlos Apache police chief Alejandro Benally said the Phoenix police “will do everything to make the offender” and the department will help “in every possible way.”
The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state have recently given birth is asked for Hacienda Health care CEO, Bill Timmons to resign, put a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated.
“Hacienda is determined to do everything in our power to this police investigation to a quick conclusion. We will continue to work with the Phoenix Police and all other law enforcement agencies to discover the facts in this very, very disturbing, but unprecedented situation,” the facility said in a statement.
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The woman, who is an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, had been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years after an almost-drowning. A source told AZFamily.com the staff only learned the patient was pregnant when she began to moan — an indication she was going into labor.
“None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until they are pretty much at the birth,” the source said.
News of the birth prompted public outrage, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who called the situation “very disturbing.” The authorities have released little information from the research, that is still to be regarded as a case of sexual abuse. They also have not indicated whether or not they are investigating people outside of the workers in the factory.
The woman in a vegetative state for more than a decade gave birth to a baby boy.
“I can’t think of a legitimate reason not to call it what it is,” former chief sex crimes investigator, Bill Richardson said AZFamily.com. “The woman who gave birth to it is not capable of giving consent, means that it is a case of sexual abuse. And as simple as that.”
CEO OF ARIZONA HEALTH CARE INSTITUTION WHERE THE WOMAN IN A VEGETATIVE STATE REPORTEDLY GAVE BIRTH DISMISSAL
Hacienda Health care CEO, Bill Timmons announced his resignation Monday, and a member of the board of Gary Orman said the facility “will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrific situation.”
“We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our patients and our employees,” said Orman.
A lawyer for the family of the patient said in a statement Tuesday that the baby boy is ‘well cared for’, but that they are shocked and outraged by the “neglect of their daughter.” They also asked for privacy.
The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are “medically fragile” or developmental disabilities, according to the website. In the wake of the reports, the Arizona Department of Health Services the new security measures implemented.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.